This is probably the most common question Dr. Tim LaHaye and I have heard since writing the Left Behind series. And now, with all the talk of 2012 being D-Day, I was asked to put together our official response.
With the advent of the movie 2012 and an Internet full of ominous warnings (from the ancient Mayans to the ancient Egyptians), doomsday prophecies are gaining purchase. The movie trailers show 2012 to be a picture with high production value and sophisticated special effects.
And the History Channel website…
…carries fascinating commentary from astronomers, archaeologists, and others who agree that we are heading toward something cataclysmic.
This is something Dr. Tim LaHaye has been saying for years, and he believes we have more reason now than ever before to expect that the rapture of the church (the spiriting away of true believers in an instant)—as prophesied in the Bible—could occur in our lifetime.
While it may be that God, in His mercy, will wait one more day (a thousand years in our economy of time), the Bible urges people to watch and wait…and be ready.
As for the predicting of a specific day or time, however, Scripture also makes clear that this is folly. Jesus Himself told His disciples that even He did not know the day or the hour, but only His Father knew.
In our opinion, it is not ours to predict a specific date for the end of the world as we know it. And we acknowledge that our view of biblical prophecy sounds as absurd to the modern mind as do the astrological and even scientific warnings currently bandied about.
We will watch the movie. We will listen to the experts. But we respectfully ask that our interpretation of the biblical record also be carefully considered. We don’t expect everyone to agree, and we expect many to scoff, but we urge all to at least be aware of what it is you are disagreeing with or scoffing at. We sincerely don’t want to see anyone left behind.
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